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Cleaning Chicken Poop In Coop!

post #1 of 88
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hi guys

whats the best ways to clean a chicken coop from POOP?
and how often should it be done?


thanks guys

post #2 of 88

Are you talking about general cleaning or sanitizing?

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post #3 of 88

We have a Playhouse Coop and the bottom has a 2-3 layer of pine shavings.  Once a week I just pick out the poo to compost it and the toss the shavings in a differentcompost pile because they take a long time to break down.  The flat surfaces are scraped with a brush to remove dried poo.

The top layer of dirt in the run is scraped up and a fresh layer put down.

DE gets sprinkled on everything.  This plan has worked pretty well but then we only hve three.

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post #4 of 88

We use straw inside and out and we just rake it up and re-do the layer on the ground.  We also compost it for our fruit trees.  Some weeks they poop WAY more than others too.  I have been lucky, my ladies all seem to pee outside....

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post #5 of 88

I 'poo pick' almost daily, using a dust pan and putty knife.  I have heard of others wearing rubber gloves to pick it up.

post #6 of 88

Step 1.  Remove chickens.

Step 2.  Shovel out litter.

Step 3.  Power wash and deck brush with a bleach/water solution.

Step 4.  Air dry.

Step 5.  Insert clean litter.

Step 6.  Insert chickens.

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post #7 of 88

Hoosier,  I use the same method...but now I'm using a old spatula.  It has a longer handle.

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post #8 of 88

Thanks for the tip, chickflick!

post #9 of 88

I have a droppings box covered covered with 1/2 inch wire cloth that is below the roosts.  I use a hoe to scrape the excess droppings into the box 1x/wk. The box below is filled with straw, once I hoe the droppings down I cover them and the now cleaned wire cloth with DE.  I clean the box out every month in the winter, every other in the summer.

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post #10 of 88
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Originally Posted by The Chicken Lady 

Step 1.  Remove chickens.

Step 2.  Shovel out litter.

Step 3.  Power wash and deck brush with a bleach/water solution.

Step 4.  Air dry.

Step 5.  Insert clean litter.

Step 6.  Insert chickens.

big_smile


I used bleach then I read on Estes Hatchery website to not EVER use bleach.

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